Catherine Hébert

After graduating from international journalism studies, Catherine Hébert traveled for the first time to West Africa. This journey awoke an acute interest for Human rights, clearly visible in numerous short films and documentaries that brought Hébert to Uganda (Des mangues pour Charlotte, 2004), to Democratic Republic of the Congo (La longue route de Julienne, 2008), to Bangladesh (Le visage que j’avais, 2006) and Burkina Faso (Hier à Nyassan, 2016). She also directed two other documentaries, Thé à l’ambassade (2003) and Voici l’homme (2005).

In 2008, Hébert’s feature documentary De l’autre côté du pays about war in northern Uganda, has been critically acclaimed and selected amongst many festivals. Winner of the Public’s Award at the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), the documentary was also nominated for a Jutra Prize.

For the making of Carnets d’un grand détour (2012), Hébert undertook an 8 months journey, following a public reader and his donkey across the roads of Morocco, Senegal and Mali. Winner of the 2011 RIDM’s Grand Prize of the national competition, this film is, according to the artist herself, her most personal work.

In 2013, Hébert has been selected as a resident filmmaker for the Conseil des Arts de Montréal (CAM). The same year, she also co-directed a series of 4 films to be integrated to the exhibition Fleuve at the Grande Bibliothèque de Montréal.

Hébert is currently shooting a documentary in Israel about a woman whose film-editing work left a mark in the History of film.